IV. Vulnerability, Adaptation, Thresholds and Resilience

Vulnerability, Adaptation, Thresholds and ResilienceWith the ultimate goal to enhance society's capacity to develop more resilient, sustainable systems, ISSE's research involves improving our understanding of social and resource systems vulnerabilities to weather events and climate change, investigating thresholds and coping ranges, and helping to determine and develop adaptation strategies. In fact, much of our research on decision-making is concerned with adaptation to weather and climate.

The projects listed below have Vulnerability, Adaptation, Thresholds, and Resilience as their primary research theme.


"Because the pathway to sustainability cannot be charted in advance, it will have to be navigated through trial and error and conscious experimentation. The urgent need is to design strategies and institutions that can better integrate incomplete knowledge with experimental action into programs of adaptive management and social learning."
NRC, Our Common Journey (1999)